Italy Threatens EU With "Nuclear Option": Give 200,000 Migrants EU Visas, Sending Them North

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Two weeks after Italy reacted with anger to Austria's deployment of troops and armored vehicles to the border between the two nations, while reactivating border controls at the Brenner Pass over concerns that Italy will be unable to handle the roughly 85,000 migrants and refugees who have entered the country so far in 2017, the Italian government has threatened to retaliate in way that assures an imminent migrant crisis as well as an escalation of tensions between the two EU nations.

According to The Times, an Italian minister and a senator have threatened to issue temporary EU visas to thousands of migrants in an effort to "resolve" Italy's escalating migrant and refugee crisis, which would then allow the refugees to travel north. The move, which has been described as a 'nuclear option,' would allow the nearly 200,000 migrants currently stranded in Italy, to travel across Europe using a Brussels directive loophole.

Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, is livid that the rest of Europe has refused to take its fair share of migrants and that they have closed ports to rescue ships as the number of refugees attempting the treacherous crossing from Libya to the Continent has surged.

Italy previously called on its EU neighbors to help with the escalating humanitarian crisis but it has been disappointed by their complete lack of action. The face off prompted former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to shock the European liberal establishment, when last Friday he released excerpts from a new book in which he said that "we need to free ourselves from a sense of guilt. We do not have the moral duty to welcome into Italy people who are worse off than ourselves" adding that "we need to escape from our 'do gooder' mentality."

Migrants disembark from the Medecins Sans Frontiers ship Vos Prudence after
rescued at sea, at Salerno's harbor, Italy, on Friday

Renzi also warned last Friday that Rome would look to curb funding to EU nations that had refused to offer help. "They are shutting their doors. We will block their funds," he said, sounding suspiciously like Turkey's Erdogan who has so far prevented a new refugee crisis in Europe by gating some 2 million migrants inside Turkey's borders.

One week later, not even Renzi's dramatic reversal has prompted a reaction from the EU, leaving Italy in the same place as before, which as a reminder is that due to its geographic location, Italy has been one of the first entry points  for people fleeing from the south to reach Europe. More than 86,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy already this year, leaving the nation scrambling - and struggling - to cope with the huge increase of people fleeing north Africa.

Meanwhile, hundreds of asylum seekers are packed into overcrowded centers - dubbed 'human warehouses' by locals  - scattered across small villages throughout the country.  Mattia Toaldo, a senior analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told The Times: "If migrants continue to arrive and Italy decides to give them papers to cross borders and leave Italy it would be a nuclear option."

And since "Italians have lost any hope of getting help from the EU" they may say, "If you won't make it a common challenge, we will" Toaldo added.

This is precisely what some in Gentiloni's government are already doing: Mario Giro, Italy's deputy foreign minister, and Luigi Manconi, a senator with the ruling Democratic Party, told The Times that issuing migrants with temporary visas was under discussion. Giro believes that Italy can exploit European Council Directive 2001/55, developed after the Balkans conflict to give temporary European entry permits to a large number of displaced people.

Needless to say, if Italy pursues this course of action, and ultimately activates the "nuclear option", support for the Schengen scheme, which allows all EU citizens to travel freely across the Continent, may be in jeopardy. Worse, since for most of the migrants the final destination will be Germany, it may rekindle the same migrant crisis which at the end of 2015 saw Angela Merkel's approval rating plummet as her countrymen slammed her "Open Door" (since shut) policy.

The Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence arrives in the port of Salerno carrying 935

migrants, including 16 children and 7 pregnant women on Friday

The move will also drastically escalate tensions with not only Austria, but neighboring Frace, which have used dogs and the threat of armoured vehicles to push back migrants who try to enter through Italy's northern border. France 24 reports that perhaps in anticipation of such a move, vast white tents erected in a former military zone on the outskirts of the tiny village of Conetta, house some 1,400 men from across Africa, packed onto endless rows of bunks.

"I used to call this place a modern lager," Cona mayor Albero Panfilio told AFP, referring to concentration camps. The commune of Cona includes the little village of Conetta. "After two years this is (still) a place where human beings are squashed in together, with no hope for the future."

"Now I call it a human warehouse. The migrants arrive, they don't know where to put them, they have a warehouse, they dump them here." He added that the asylum seekers were treated "like garbage."

Meanwhile, 10 kilometers away, in Bagnoli di Sopra, 700 migrants are crowded into another former military base surrounded by barbed wire fences with no access to journalists. 

Finally, a question emerges: with Europe helpless to prevent Italy from pursuing this path should Rome choose to do so, will Brussels activate its own "nuclear response" in retaliation. Recall that in 2011, a "united Europe" and the ECB removed then-PM Sylvio Berlusconi almost overnight when the former premier threatened to exit the Eurozone, by sending yields on Italian bonds soaring above 10%. While this time Italy's economy is (relatively) sound, should Rome proceed to dump 200,000 unwanted migrants in Europe's lap, the one certain response would be a financial one, with Mario Draghi sending a very clear message if not to his native country, then certainly the current government, which will immediately be blacklisted by Europe, with any and all measures taken to remove it.

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seek's picture

Well that's a clever way to end the EU, isn't it?

AVmaster's picture

Nice, the eastern european bloc will have none of this shit thats for sure.


Next few weeks/months should be interesting.

Common_Law's picture

The scariest thing is most of the refugee/migrant numbers are coming from governments or complicit NGOs. I don't want to know how many there really are.

HowdyDoody's picture

How about putting them up in one or more of the Soros Foundation places? He seems to care a great deal about their welfare.

BTW - your local national State Security services (MI6/CIA/BND/DB/...) will always have backdoors for the really nasty bastards. They will be allowed in for later use in false flag attacks. No wall will get around the enemy within.

DeadFred's picture

Is there any way to give them a visa and ticket to wherever Soros is living? 

wildbad's picture

dear italy..

SOUTH is the direction to send them. Save yourselves some paperwork. Back to whence they came.

pack soros merkel , macron, fatty holland, juncker, obama in the rat holds with them per favore.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Southern Europe has been repeatedly sacked by the MENA darkies.

Jubal Early's picture

MENA used to be white, as was Egypt.  The slow push against white Europeans has been going on for as long as Jews have been defiling the planet.  They miscegenated and massacred all the whites in MENA, and now they have opened a new front up north in Scandanavia while the center of the world battle field against whites is in Italy.  The EU is retreating in disarray because the (((invaders))) have appeared in the rear as well.  It is a total rout, and whites are the losers.

john.smith's picture

that's non-sense. only Iran was part-white. The rest of Mena was a mix dominated by Semetic and African people.

skepsis101's picture

wrong!  think carthage, et al

Déjà view's picture

Anzio landing..."must save Europe from fascism...not an Audey Murphy to save Italy this time!"...shouted migrants...

NoPension's picture

Invaded... without a shot fired.

Move over, France.

new game's picture

do gooders, that explains a facet of the mental disease, liberalism. it is simple shit maynard, as they impose policies on the majority, whilst they live above the fray they created and talk of an improved progressive ideal that is detached from the very reality they create. it has to be a mental disease, what else describes these people?

to not be able to see the results and quantify policy and reaction is mind numbing to me.

maybe that is just the human condition of mortality.

winners and loosers in life.

and life is not fair.

avoid the fray, i say...

and i am not ignoring the intentional policy with the hidden agenda...

but i still believe even they are dillusional, hence above statements-they are mentaly diseased with this thought process....


Déjà view's picture

DOUBLE TROUBLE...African population is set to double by 2050...VERY HUNGRY after all wild game has been killed...

Never One Roach's picture

My guess is most of these invaders are "nevertrumpsters" who are heavily sponsored by Soros, but once they land there are then supported by hard working middle class Europeans.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Very true. Whatever he real numbers are, they're undoubtedly much worse than what we are told. In truth, they probably don't either. It is tough to feel sorry for the Italians though. As long as they tolerate these 'rescue ships' pulling into their ports rather than back to libya or wherever they come from, they are merely getting what they asked for. What they are doing is demanding other countries share the cost of their monumental, and continuing fuckup by allowing this to happen. Its going to keep happening, too. Much better living on the government dole in Europe than some shithole hut in africa. How long do you think there would be a native population in Haiti if the US allowed this to happen? Its insane.

Slack Jack's picture

Europe; save yourself a lot of trouble:

Buy them an air ticket to the "Land of the Free."

The United States caused most of the wars these people are running from. Send them there.

Anyway, we all know the United States loves immigrants.

nmewn's picture

Socialism is uniquely "euro-peon", they seem to like it and so do the "immigrants" ;-)

wildbad's picture

wow! gotta read that next guy!
really knows his shite

wildbad's picture

howdy Slack,
while you are 100% right about the warmongering USA most of these people are not fleeing wars.

just want to get ahead. too bad. they are the ones showing some initiative. they are also hollowing out their own countries by leaving.

the numbers alone make the idea of europe "saving" or "helping" them absolutely untenable.

can't invite the flailing fat guy into the gunnel high skiff, he'll pull us all down with him.

froze25's picture

That and most of the invaders have a average IQ in the 70's, just better than retarded. Yeah have fun dealing with a horde of physically fit near retarded men at prime military age. The EU leaders have betrayed their people. 

Never One Roach's picture

CNN said the 'refugees' are "women and children" and the men are "lawyers, doctors and engineers."

That's odd?

skepsis101's picture

In a similar vein to what France and England did to Germany after Versailles, the current (controled) invasion of Europe by masses of Africans and Middle Easterners will eventually produce a like response.  The Brussels EU experiment has the exact same germ of hubris.  The native populations of those Mediterranean countries most brutally effected will at some point radicalize, having been pushed to their limits, and will retaliate.  I would not put beyond possibility that "refugee ships" will be sunk, perhaps even by torpedos.

Hitler and the Third Reich were also created, by stupidty and arrogance.  

The ignorance of the human species is beyond redemption.




Slack Jack's picture

Europe; save yourself a lot of trouble:

Buy them an air ticket to the "Land of the Free."

The United States caused most of the wars these people are running from. Send them there.

Anyway, we all know the United States loves immigrants.

Chuck Walla's picture

How fucking stupid are these people? Cut off the generous welfare and the flow will reduce to a trickle no matter how much money Soros spends.


Why is Western man being clubbed in his own capitals by invaders so incompetent they would expire without his charity? The intellect is plainly still operative, though his critical instincts are not. Something has disabled the innate visceral impulses required for survival of everything from man to mole rats. But how do you keep a people from positive adaptivity who have navigated every environment, plague, and predator for over four hundred centuries?

Never One Roach's picture
UK: Muslim thugs savagely beat and kick a man’s head in at a gas pump leaving him with a fractured skull and eye socket


A young woman in dress and high heels comes to the man’s aid but is forced to flee when a hooded yob marches over to the unconscious man and jabs him in the throat.  Another man is then seen rifling through the injured man’s pockets. The man is seen to come to but is savagely kicked in the face knocking him out again.

itstippy's picture

Refugees from MENA aren't trying desperately to enter Poland or Romania.  They want Germany or Great Britian.  Curious, isn't it?

Why Germany?  They have a work-til-you-drop culture, and highly value skilled labor.  Perhaps the refugees have a burning desire to become expert machinists and spend every waking hour happily laboring among the wonderful machines.

Why Great Britian?  Perhaps it's the beautiful climate, the terrific food, the warm and friendly welcome they'll receive from the locals. 

Nexus789's picture

Benefits and free housing. They should tell these useless people that they will not be getting benefits or housing. 


Singelguy's picture

Bingo! Give the man a prize! The EU just has to pass a law that no immigrants are eligible for any social benefits until they have been resident for at least 5 years. The migration will quickly dry up.

waspwench's picture

Until they have been paying taxes for five years (preferably ten.)

new game's picture

sancutary countries! just write them off as no go zones unless ya want to navigate sharia law...

HRH Feant2's picture

Never feed the vermin. Gimmigrants are the death knell for Europe.

Anne_of_Green_Gables's picture

Sweden's the place if they crave blonde pussy.

SirTaxedAlot's picture

Are the Muslim women bleeching down there now?

Chuck Walla's picture

Are the Muslim women bleeching down there now?

No, but there's a movement afoot for Clairol to make goat coloring.

debtor of last resort's picture

Like Haus said, when things go south, we will hunt them like pigs. Mosques will burn as we keep them in. Its not a smart thing to do right now, going 'north'. 30 years ago it was. Buy low, sell high.

RU4Au's picture

Oh, don't you fret so much . They will wander across the alps just in time for winter and the Swiss, being such a Progressive lot, will welcome them with North Face outerwear and they will blend right in.  After all, isn't that what the Swiss would have Italy do?

debtor of last resort's picture

Napoleon already knew how to deal with mountains.

Vageling's picture

I hope yo do realize the fact why the Froggies their so called "fortress" failed and why he referred to the "mountains"? You know... In a sense being political correct. Not trying to offend the neighbor either. It didn't work out that way. Never does.

Napoleon... Yeah... That was then. The bread an play was simple. These type of men carry titles. A lot of people died. But muh hitler, stalin, mao, lenin, insert whatever.... 

They made a fatal error with the maginot line. It costed them. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Accentuated by Indonesian volcanoes, but yeah.   

Déjà view's picture

With enough elephants...migrants could cross Hannibal...

Blankone's picture

At this point I believe it will be more like Sweden. And the women who lead the feminist/social justice will protect them.

Sudden Debt's picture

It sure is. It shows the constant corruption at work.

First Italy received money from Europe for "helping" the immigrants.

So... Italy chartered boats to bring in as many immigrants from Africa as possible which wasn't actually the deal...

but Italian fraud... well... yeah...

And then they have to keep some of the people they tried to send to the rest of Europe, which in the actions they did was actually destroying Europe for a few euro's... and they go into panick mode.

Suddenly they have to do what they supported other European countries should do and BLOCK!


TBT or not TBT's picture

A Fistful Of Euros    For A Few Euros More

chubbar's picture

The leadership of Italy is full of shit. They are trying to sell the idea that they couldn't control the docking of the ships carrying these immigrants when we have recently read where they have met with Soros and his bunch of merry men to coordinate these shipments.

None of the fuckers leading these nations are to be trusted, all seem to be in cahoots with the deep state.

Xredsx's picture

And then after,,  the world learns the full truth about the EU agenda and the corruption behind it. But will this be after or before the deep state gets Trumped. Place your bets in the market boys. 

chubbar's picture

Does anyone really think these transport ships are working for free? That the immigrants have the ability to pay for this transport? Why the fuck aren't the gov'ts of these countries being honest with their citizens? This is complete bullshit and anyone with a brain knows it!!!!